Have you ever wondered why there are so many different denominations in the body of Christ? What exactly is a “denomination” and what purpose does it serve to the body of Christ? I believe the answer for this question is found in the very definition of “denomination”.
Here’s what Webster’s dictionary has to say;
1: an act of denominating2: a value or size of a series of values or sizes (as of money)3: name, designation; especially : a general name for a category4: a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices
— de·nom·i·na·tion·al·ly adverb
First it should be noted that the word,”denominate” itself wasn’t used until the 15th century. By very definition, “denomination” means to “break apart” and to “name” something, as to “give it value”.
To give it a “name”? To “break apart”? To “give it value”
Let’s address each one of these things!
 To give it a “name”.
I thought the body already had a name! Christianity! Followers of Christ.
 To “break apart”.
So much for unity, Eh! According to Ephesians 3, Christ Jesus died to reconcille Jews and Gentiles unto God the Father. Reconcilliation brings unity to the body of Christ, not “break apart” what Christ has joined together. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. This clearly says that God loved the entire world, each person, not just this one or that one, that He gave His Son as a sacrifice for ALL humanity, that “whosoever”, anyone, who believes in him, Jesus, should not perish.
There is clearly NO “breaking apart” described in these words of Agape Love from The Father.
 To give it “value”.
Wow ! What a statement. Is that why some “denominations” feel they are more superior than others? Is this what is meant by “every man doing what is right in his own eyes”?
Remember, the word ” denomination” didn’t come about until the 15th century!
What happened to cause such a thing in the body of Christ?
Could it be the erosion of the 5 fold ministry and thus giving way unto man’s own intellect?
Without the Apostle in place, who is going to lead and teach and correct the body when neccessary? An Apostle was not just a “church planter” in our modern use of the word. On close study of Paul’s letters to the various churches, he almost always had words of not just “exortation”, but words of correction. The early church was just as prone to drift from the true gospel as the church of today is. That is why the Apostle was needed then and even now today. I know there are many who will disagree with that statement and try to back it up with scripture that the Apostleship is not for today. For the purpose of this post, however, let’s not go into that at this time. I will do another post on “Where are the True Apostles?”.
Could it be the doing away with “Prophets”? Most mainline churches today don’t believe in the “prophetic” and they certainly have a problem with the modern “prophetic movement”. Where are the “True Prophets” of God? Those that spoke a TRUE “Thus Saith The Lord”! Not some “pat you on the back” “Feel good” “Word from The Lord”, that sounds like something you would get from a 1-800-hot-line.
How has the enemy been able to divide the body of Christ within it’s own. The very same way he, the enemy, has always functioned. Slowly and methodically twisting and bending God’s Word to make it fit what man would find pleasing unto him! By placing seeds of doubt and unbelief into the body itself.
Jesus was onced accussed of “casting out demons” by the power of satan.
Mark 3:22-24 (King James Version) And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
23And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
If Jesus declared that satan’s kingdom couldn’t stand if it was divided against itself, doesn’t the same thing hold true for the Body of Christ?
Scriptures declare concerning Spiritual gifts, the He gives some the gift of tongues and to another the gift of prophecy. And to others various giftings. BUT, the scriptures do not declare NOWHERE, that those gifts were given to devide the body of Christ into the many different denominations that exist today.
Ephesians 4:3-5 (King James Version)
3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism
Read what Jesus says in Matthew 16,
15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Upon the revelation to Peter from God as to who Jesus was, Jesus declared that He would build HIS church. Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone himself !
My prayer is that “blind eyes” will be opened and “deaf ears” will hear what has happened to the body of Christ by the dividing of the Body of Christ, through ” denominations”.
What makes this thing even sadder is the fact that most mainline denominations agree that there is no division in heaven, yet they don’t even realize when they pray ” Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven” , they are thwarting their own prayer by being divided.
There is much more that could be said on this topic, but I am sure this will give you plenty to think about for now.
Love in Christ Jesus,